Chance Eau Vive is a flanker of the famous Chance perfume by Chanel that was launched in 2015. Pater familias – Chanel Chance appeared in 2003, followed by Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche flankers in 2007 as well as Chanel Chance Eau Tendre in 2010. Chanel Chance Eau Vive is the young bird’s first attempt to get out of the nest, in this case, by Olivier Polge. Chanel accords and bases aren’t for everyone, and this young bird by Olivier, unfortunately, didn’t survive the first flight. The perfume creation in no way matches the cult perfume that Chance created, not to mention the Chanel brand’s glory itself.

Chance Eau Vive

Chanel perfume lovers, and even those who like Chance, generally respond very negatively to Chance Eau Vive. The general comments are that it is pale and too uninteresting for a Chanel perfume. Though, this may be the direction Chanel has decided to move in the future…khm, Gabrielle, khm. Even critics agree on the evaluation of this perfume, to cite the world’s most famous perfume critic – Luca Turin, who says that Chance Eau Vive is:

Unimpressive, sad, sour little thingy, which is best left forgotten.

My objection would be, as in the case of Gabrielle, that if Chanel made a body mist of this with a sixfold lower price and 2x higher oz, I believe no one would hold a grudge. It is as if a perfume has no soul, but has all the freshness of citrus, beautiful notes of grapefruit and red oranges, but alas, no personality. After about fifteen minutes, jasmine and cedar begin to wander, aimlessly, but hesperidic mix still dominates. If you get one, you can use it nicely in the variety of daytime occasions…as a refreshment in the spring and summer days. My advice, however, is not to buy it. For those seeking refreshments, better drink a glass of lemonade, save a dime and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

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[Fragrance notes] top notes: grapefruit, orange, lemon; middle notes: jasmine, iris; base notes: cedar, musk, vetiver.

[Fragrant group] woody floral musk.

Perfumer is Olivier Polge.